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Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

AGRI Partylist Rep. Orestes Salon made the call on Tuesday after the House Committee on Food Security consolidated four measures seeking to promote the use of urban agriculture in all urban areas in the Philippines. (Photo: Rep. Orestes T. Salon/Facebook)

“The urgency of addressing our nation’s food security should guide us in our actions,” Salon said.

By Philippine News Agency
October 10, 2017

Excerpt:

Salon said the proposed law could help improve the country’s food supply and could positively impact employment and income generation for urban settlers.

Under the bill, an Office of Urban Agriculture shall be established by the Department of Agriculture.

The said office shall be mandated to study and make recommendations regarding the impact of urban agriculture and vertical farming in metropolitan communities, and develop a research agenda on urban agriculture.

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October 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Solon Calls For Passage Of Urban Agriculture Act

Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

MALAKAS! 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City

By Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman.
Published on Nov 12, 2010

MALAKAS! is a 40-minute documentary film that tells the story of how three barangays (villages) in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines were engaged in a community participatory process to design their own systems of organic waste management in support of local food production.

The film and the project it documents were made possible by a Graduate Research and Design ECOPOLIS Award from Canada’s International Development Research Centre. It was written, directed and produced by Jeannette Tramhel in partnership with Manila filmmaker, Mario AV Guzman. The video is available in English only.

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July 12, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Urban design integrates urban agriculture through a strategic participatory approach

Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

Self-taught agriculturist Danny Agliam is being invited to be a resource speaker in several trainings to share his knowledge on urban agriculture, which he has been practicing for several years now in his rooftop garden at P. Zamora Street in Baguio City. Photo Harley Palangchao.

The councilor said the search also aims to encourage residents to produce medicinal plants which in the long run will help preserve the biodiversity of traditional plant varieties.

By Liza Agoot
Philippines News Online
10/05/2017

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Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., chairman of the committee on trade, commerce and agriculture at the city council who spearheads the search, said “the main objective of this program is the establishment of urban gardens or backyard farms in the city to promote organic food production particularly among the marginalized sector of the population in order to achieve a degree of food security and diversity.”

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May 19, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Baguio launches backyard gardening contest, urges residents to help produce food

Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

DAVAO. Green community. (Contributed Photo by Arjoy Ceniza)

Championing agriculture and environment conservation can happen within anyone’s backyard.

By Ace June Rell S. Perez
Sun Star Daveo
May 1, 2017

Excerpt:

Implemented initially in three barangays in the city (Central, Dahican, Makambol), the program is planned to be replicated in other 26 barangays in Mati within this year.

Vice Mayor and Barangay Integration for the Development and Action (Bida) Program director Glenda Rabat-Gayta said in an interview that this is to cater the growing demand of the program in each community.

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May 7, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Mati City promotes backyard gardening

Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Gardening in schools is the most viable approach to urban agriculture to produce larger quantities of crops since many schools (at least in Metro Manila) still have a lots of green spaces

By Dr. William Dar
The Manila Times
Apr 7, 2017

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So far, urban agriculture has yet to take root, literally, in many urban areas in the Philippines – just look at the many vacant spaces in Metro Manila and elsewhere where urban agriculture is very feasible. The empty rooftops of many high-rise or even low-rise buildings can also be utilized for urban agriculture.

Urban agriculture is not only limited to growing crops, primarily vegetables: it also includes the growing of trees, and raising of animals and fish. It could also be integrated into the urban economic and ecological system of an urban area.

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April 16, 2017   Comments Off on Speaker promotes urban agriculture at Philippines’ 2017 Science Awards Ceremonies

Philippines: Department of Agriculture to turn military idle lands into vegetable farms


New logo of the Department of Agriculture of the Philippines.

She added that it will also showcase small-scale food production model in camps for the households and communities to replicate, purposely to promote family food security.

By Philippine News Agency
Manila Bulletin
Feb 6, 2017

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“We will teach our military men the technologies on vegetable production and also showcase their farm to encourage neighboring communities to go into vegetable farming,” Oñate said.

Representatives from various Infantry Battalions (IB) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Davao region already participated in the orientation and hands-on training on vegetable production conducted by the DA-11.

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February 11, 2017   Comments Off on Philippines: Department of Agriculture to turn military idle lands into vegetable farms

Philippine lawmakers pushes urban farming bills

Reps. Estrellita Suansing (1st District, Nueva Ecija), House of Representative Quezon City, Philippines

The bills define urban farming as “any act of farming in a city using land or the space of a building, including the roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation through the use of any growing medium such as pots, plots, and membranes.”

Manilla Standard
Jan 27, 2017

Excerpt:

Suansing said her HB 2818, titled “An Act Promoting Integrated Urban Agricultural Development in All Metropolitan Areas Nationwide to Address Food Security Concerns”, aims to promote self-sufficiency in food production and build climate-resilient communities; institutionalize integrated farming in highly urbanized cities and municipalities nationwide; and lessen the incidence of poverty in highly urbanized areas and promote the importance of healthy nutrition among the people.

The country’s population is continuously growing, hence ensuring food security is an urgent concern, according to Suansing, chairperson of the committee on ecology.

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January 30, 2017   Comments Off on Philippine lawmakers pushes urban farming bills

Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

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CAGAYAN DE ORO. Retired police officer Honorio Cervantes in his organic farm at Zone 5, Barangay Pagatpat, this city. An advocate of square foot gardening, he dreams that his gardening method will be a model project to the youth and even former drug personalities.

“As a farmer, I have this movement I call FAITH which means ‘Food Always in the Home’.

By Abigail Viguella
Sun Star
Oct 1, 2016

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A retired city police director and a barangay kagawad, Cervantes is aware of the inevitable dilemma of drug dependents who have already surrendered. The square foot urban gardening may be a venue for recovery and reconciliation with one’s self, he noted.

“It is amazing how far this project has come. Agriculture specialists, agriculture majors, and even common farming enthusiasts are now coming to my farm just to have me discuss this method to them,” said Cervantes.

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October 6, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Retired Police Officer Wants to Use Square Foot Gardening to Rehabilitate Drug Offenders

Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

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These are sprouted vegetable seedlings which are harvested for salad soon after they have developed a few true leaves. They are very tender and nutritious.

Growing food plants in the urban setting can be undertaken as a personal hobby to grow plants for home consumption or it can also be undertaken as an honest-to-goodness money-making project

By Zac Sarian
MB.com
September 4, 2016

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Fresh vegetables and fruits as well as processed products will be available for sale to the visitors. Other items will include grow bags, growing media, seeds, ready-to-plant seedlings, planting materials of exotic fruit trees, organic fertilizers, garden tools, and many others.

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September 10, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: Manila’s Urban Agri Trade Fair showcases products and services for urban farming

Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

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Sen. Cynthia Villar urges landowners to put up their own schools for farmers, one school in every town for the convenience of farmer-trainees.

Let our school serve as a model for owners of farms and idle lands to set up their farm schools, train our farmers to improve their incomes and become agricultural entrepreneurs,” Senator Villar insists.

By Jullie Yap Daza
Manila Bulletin
August 28, 2016

Excerpt:

To practice what she has been preaching, Senator Villar put up her family’s Sipag Farm School, not in some out-of-the-way place but just 10 minutes from her home in Las Piñas. The school, at the boundary of Las Piñas and Bacoor City, sits in the middle of a seven-hectare property where fruit trees, bamboo, vegetables like eggplant and squash, herbs, orchids, and even wild flowers grow – it’s hard to imagine this patch of green in an urban setting, especially when you hear the roar of Molino Dam, a mini- Niagra Falls, whenever rain swells the tributaries from Cavite and Laguna and sends the cafe au lait-brown flood waters rushing and thundering past the senator’s cottage, under her feet, inches from the swimming pool.

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September 3, 2016   Comments Off on Philippines: A school for farmers, including one in the city

The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines

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Architect Felinio Palafox Jr. recognized as Fellow in real estate management.

Ultimately, the agropolitan approach will discourage rural-urban migration through the dispersal of development in regions outside Metro Manila. Creating and opening urban growth centers outside the metropolis will help largely in decongesting it. It will also prevent people from leaving their hometowns to look for that very elusive “greener pasture.”

By Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
Manila Times
November 4, 2015

Excerpt:

The urban farming concept should be embraced by Metro Manila if it intends to improve its food resiliency efforts, especially if drought in the agricultural areas occurs. Homes and buildings can very much adopt this. Certain vegetables and fruits such as kangkong, a variety of tomato, eggplant, cabbage, and maybe even garlic, among others, can be grown locally in the community. In working with the urban poor, the indigenous people, and survivors of natural calamities, among others, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group have incorporated the concept of growing your own food in the design of affordable housing.

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November 11, 2015   Comments Off on The ‘Agropolitan’ approach to development for the Philippines

Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines

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Attendees of the recent Agri-Kapihan at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City observe the quails that are being raised in a double deck module especially designed for raising quails in the urban areas.

One advantage of raising quails in the urban area is that it occupies very little space. The capital needed is also very modest and the gestation period is short. In 35 days after hatching, the birds will start to lay eggs.

by Zac Sarian
Manilla Bulletin
October 30, 2015

Excerpt:

Only a modest capital is needed to start a quail raising project in the city. The cost of the cage, the birds (it could be ready-to-lay birds), feeds and miscellaneous expenses could amount to just P3,450. The amount can be recovered in just several months.

Usually the cost of producing a quail egg is about 80 centavos, according to Jeffrey. The market price ex-farm is P1.25 apiece. So there is a 45-centavo margin per egg.

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November 5, 2015   Comments Off on Urban Quail Raising in Quezon City, Philippines

Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”

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Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte speaks during the Organic Fiesta at Quezon Memorial Circle. Photo by Chari T. Villegas

“When I started the program, the problem was the mind-set that farming isn’t compatible in the city. It’s all in the mind-set. You can do vertical garden or start with small containers,” said Ms. Belmonte

Business World Weekender
July 23, 2015

Excerpt:

The city currently has 68 farms of various sizes found in barangays, public elementary schools, daycare centers, parishes, and nongovernment organizations. The city works with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, which provide financial grants.

But even if city farmers fail to bring their items to market, urban farming is still a win-win situation.

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July 31, 2015   Comments Off on Philippines: Quezon City Vice-Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte’s campaign “The Joy of Urban Planting”

Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

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Department of Agriculture launches “Gulayan sa Paaralan” in Muntinlupa City

Philippines Information Agency
May 18, 2015

MUNTINLUPA CITY, 18 May (PIA)–Hundreds of students, school and local government officials joined the launching of Gulayan sa Paaralan in Muntinlupa City.

Gulayan sa Paaralaan, a vegetable gardening project initiated by DA and the Department of Education, will be managed by the schoolchildren themselves to encourage them to plant and eat healthy vegetables.

During the launch, Mr. Felix Joselito Noceda, coordinator of Urban Agriculture Program of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture (BPI,DA) for NCR and Region-4A , turned over agricultural assistance to the Muntinlupa City local government unit led by Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Rodolfo G. Biazon.

According to Noceda, the DA has finished crafting a training manual that teaches students from all over the country the fundamentals of vegetable farming. Noceda emphasized the importance of encouraging young children to take part in food production.

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May 24, 2015   Comments Off on Philippines launches a vegetable gardening project to be managed by schoolchildren

Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines

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BK Organics specializes in aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture – raising freshwater fish, with hydroponics – cultivating plants in water

By Frank Arbogast
News at Gettysburg
Oct 13, 2014

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Aquaponics is a relatively new technology, and BKO is on the forefront of implementing it. In order to create successful prototypes, Enzo conducted research with the Filipino Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Enzo has taken this knowledge to work in the Metro Manila area educating communities on urban agriculture, and is actively presenting his work with urban agriculture at sustainability conventions.

“Our mission is to spread the technology as far and wide as we can, building farms in places that need it most, for people that do not have regular access to healthy food,” said Enzo.

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October 23, 2014   Comments Off on Enzo Pinga co-founds urban agriculture company in Philippines